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Michael ONeill / Blog

Outlaw Chronicles

I sat in the office at PLA Media with Pam Lewis and Jeanene Van Zandt. She was armed with a box full of everything she'd recorded by her late husband, Townes Van Zandt. She wanted me to cover something in this box and suggested I listen to the tune “ Ain’t Leavin Your Love”.

“ This song Townes wrote for me when our son Will was born” she said looking more at the box and talking more to herself then me.

Eric Paul, who produced and engineered for Townes at Willie Nelsons studio in Austin soon came in. A friendship was kindled that afternoon and a seed was planted.

Two years went by. In May of 2008 Eric called saying he really wanted to get the song recorded. Now, we'd made several attempts before and it hadn't happened, neither of us was sure that it would this time. We booked Pedernales Studio in Austin for Saturday May 17. Dony Wynn on drums, Will Sexton bass, Larry Chaney Guitar. It was set?

Dony and I first met in Los Angeles in the 1980’s when he was touring with Robert Palmer. I was playing with John Shanks, Bony James and the guys from Little Feat. We had become fast friends, so this was common ground for the two of us.

I flew to Austin on a Thursday and picked up Dony Friday morning . We drove to San Antonio to do a radio show on the Outlaw Radio 92.5 announcing my show at Sam’s Burger Joint for that evening with the Mother Truckers. On the drive there and back I played the demos I had been writing and recording for Dony to hear.

I entered Willies studio for the first time Saturday morning, met Will and Larry. As Dony and Eric set up the drums Will, Larry and I sat down in the lunchroom. I pulled my laptop out and played the tunes I had demoed. Will I liked right away he listened and there was a vibe I connected with.

The Fall Weather Is a Coming

Hey y'all looks like the summer is cooling down and we are off the rodeo stages till next year , the fairs were a blast and the summer tour with Jimmy Baldwin was amazing , while we were out we wrote a christmas song you will hear more about soon. I have several dates coming up for the first part of winter but looking at going into the studio and making more music

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